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Postby Matt Easton » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:25 pm

Hi Gordon,
Yes I'd say any time between 1864 and 1877 in theory.
In addition to what I said above, Hutton was championing the use of steel practice sabres instead of the more commonly used singlesticks as early as his 1862 and 1867 manuals. It's clear though that for economic, safety or laziness reasons, most instructors stuck with singlesticks until the 80s or 90s.
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Postby Gordons Horse » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:19 am

Hi Matt,

Just another point that's worth considering, is the fact that the majority of numbered Garden blades are characterized by a three digit number; if this factor is applied to your practice sword, it would mean the number is actually 728, with the other two digits to the right being a different number or coding of sorts.

This of course has no bearing on swords sold by different merchants (or makers), and only applies to swords sold under the name of GARDEN.

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